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Machine: ResMed S9 Elite
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Post: #1
Concerning Masks...
I have had my CPAP for about a year. Started with a nasal pillows mask because full face felt too confining. Was inconsistent with it, and switched to full face because my mouth kept opening (yes, I tried the velcro straps for the jaw, didn't work. Full face is better, but sometimes I feel claustrophobic / can't get enough air. This leads to almost panic-attack reactions on my part. If I'm tired enough to fall asleep quickly, it works out OK. If I'm awake thinking, then its not good. Any ideas out there for what to do next?

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Matt
06-02-2012 09:49 PM
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PaulaO2 Offline
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Machine: S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 14-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Type; chronic sarcasm

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Location: western NC, USA

Post: #2
RE: Concerning Masks...
There's a lot of different chin straps. Some look fairly simple and others seem more advanced.

Which mask are you currently using?

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06-02-2012 10:15 PM
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Machine: A10 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Activa LT
Humidifier: Integrated /ClimateLineAir
CPAP Pressure: 9/13
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: CPAP since Nov 2010

Sex: Male
Location: Australia

Post: #3
RE: Concerning Masks...
Hi Matt welcome aboard
Try a nasal mask as its not as claustrophobic as full face mask or invasive as nasal pillows mask. Mask is a personal thing everyone one is different. Aciva LT nasal mask works well for me but might be a torture for you or someone else. Good luck in your search for the right mask
06-02-2012 10:16 PM
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JudgeMental Offline

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Machine: Respironics DreamStation Auto-CPAP
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Respironics Amara View
Humidifier: Respironics
CPAP Pressure: 11-14
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Location: Florida USA

Post: #4
RE: Concerning Masks...
You might mention this to your MD and ask him to give you a prescription for a sleep med. Another option is to try Melatonin, which can be purchased cheaply OTC at local pharmacy.. Works well for most.

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06-03-2012 11:10 AM
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Sleepster Offline
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Machine: ResMed AirCurve10 VAuto
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: HumidAir and SlimLine Hose
CPAP Pressure: MaxI 13.6 | MinE 5.2 | PS 4.4
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Post: #5
RE: Concerning Masks...
(06-02-2012 09:49 PM)mimel Wrote:  Full face is better, but sometimes I feel claustrophobic / can't get enough air. This leads to almost panic-attack reactions on my part. If I'm tired enough to fall asleep quickly, it works out OK. If I'm awake thinking, then its not good. Any ideas out there for what to do next?

How long have you been using the full face mask? Are you committed to wearing it whenever you're sleeping? The reason I ask is because you've got to get it out of your mind that the mask is an option. Without it you lead a miserable sleep-deprived life and die early due to a heart attack or stroke.

When you awake and feel panic, and have to take the mask off, get out of bed and read. Take some benadryl, and when you feel sleepy again, put the mask back on and try to go back to sleep.

After a while you'll get used to the mask and the panic will subside.

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06-03-2012 11:42 AM
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Machine: S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 14-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Type; chronic sarcasm

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Location: western NC, USA

Post: #6
RE: Concerning Masks...
Or wear it during the day while reading or watching television. With the machine on, of course. It will fit differently when you are sitting up that when you are laying down but it still helps a lot.

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06-03-2012 12:35 PM
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archangle Offline
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Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Swift FX
Humidifier: ResMed S9 H5i
CPAP Pressure: 16-20
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Post: #7
RE: Concerning Masks...
If at all possible, resist ripping the mask off when you wake up in a panic. Consciously breathe deeply. Feel the air flowing to reassure yourself that the air is flowing. Breathe enough to hyperventilate. Put your hand in the airstream from the exhaust vent.

Look at the pressure on the display of the CPAP machine and note what it is.

Pull up the edge of the mask and feel the air blasting out around the edge. If it helps you psychologically, lift up the mask without taking it off and breathe around it.

You may simply be still having apenas and need more pressure.

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06-04-2012 11:27 PM
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